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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:22 AM
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Obama Off to Solid Start, Edging Towards 70% approval
Obama Off to Solid Start, Poll Finds
But Release of Memos on Detainee Interrogations Reveals Deep Partisan Split

By Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Barack Obama's performance in the first 100 days of his presidency draws strong public approval in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but there is decidedly less support for his recent decision to release previously secret government memos on the interrogation of terrorism suspects, an initiative that reveals deep partisan fissures.

Overall, the public is about evenly divided on the questions of whether torture is justifiable in terrorism cases and whether there should be official inquiries into any past illegality involving the treatment of terrorism suspects. About half of all Americans, and 52 percent of independents, said there are circumstances in which the United States should consider employing torture against such suspects.

Barely more than half of all poll respondents back Obama's April 16 decision to release the memos specifying how and when to employ specific interrogation techniques. A third "strongly oppose" that decision, about as many as are solidly behind it. Three-quarters of Democrats said they approve of the action, while 74 percent of Republicans are opposed; independents split 50 to 46 percent in favor of the decision.

The release of the documents, which was fiercely debated at high levels within the government, met with quick fire from former vice president Richard B. Cheney, who said last week that companion memos showing the "success of the effort" should be declassified as well, arguing that the methods had "been enormously valuable in terms of saving lives, preventing another mass casualty attack against the United States."


Barely more than half back decision to release the memos? That's more than half, WaPo. And you consider that a lukewarm response? Nice try. :eyes:

The lukewarm response to Obama's actions on this front stand in stark contrast to his high ratings on handling terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of those polled said that, in general, his policies had either made the country safer from terrorism (32 percent) or not made much of a difference either way (43 percent).
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theoldman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:28 AM
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1. I don't give a rat's ass about his approval rating.
What I care about is what he does to resolve the great problems our country is having. There is no way that he will be able to satisfy everyone. Perhaps a 40% approval rating by intelligent people is worth more than a 60% rating by the less knowledgeable.
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:33 AM
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2. You are right there is no way he will be able to satisfy everyone but it is better to have
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 10:36 AM by Kdillard
a high approval rating where you could get something done than a low approval rating and get nothing done. If there is anyhting that the President is trying to do that you are happy with I would be thrilled with this number because it means that he will be able to get it done. The lower the approval the harder it is to get things done. Also if you don't care about his approval rating you can always hide a thread.
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 10:57 AM
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3. Better spend that capital now.
Do the right things while people trust you. I like it that he is reminding the republicans that they keep zero voting him. He points this out in meetings and they go out and slam him again. Who gives a rat's ass if they like him. They will not work with him. We are in the driver's seat. We have the approval of everyone besides the morally corrupt and the media. (Okay, redundant) We have the chance to really make changes now. We should shop appeasing the right with dubious appointments and half measures. Let's hit that hot iron.
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